Directed and written by Javier Colinas, the film was released in August this year and has had a good reception among Mexican audiences. In this installment, Blanca (Natalia Coronado) and Alberto (Juan Pablo Medina) form an unusual and fun duo that, without even thinking about it, create a deep relationship of friendship founded on the mourning that both lived in very negative ways before they met.
Wanted Dad is a charming, fun work with a strong message regarding the experience of bereavement. Death, loss and grief are the key words that un match the lives of Blanca, a thirteen-year-old girl who longs to participate in an extreme sports competition; Alberto, a retired and decadent actor who after the death of his daughter found the window to oblivion in alcoholism and, finally, Fernanda, a successful film production company who, immersed in her work, has set aside the relationship with Blanca, her daughter, after the death of her husband.
Blanca is a girl whose pain at her father’s death is reflected in her heavy relationship with her mother, who is evasive and un empathetic to the teenage girl’s feelings. The plot unfolds when the protagonist learns about the next extreme cycling competition and, of course, wants to participate in it. Although she does not first delve into the reasons for Fernanda’s refusal, Blanca knows that the only way to enter the competition without her mother’s consent is to find a surrogate parent who fulfills the task of enrolling her. That’s when she and her best friend make up the idea of casting to find the perfect candidate.
As Blanca’s casting progresses on wheels and she finds Alberto, Fernanda is more absorbed than ever by work, so she doesn’t know that, after a fight, her daughter has been suspended from school and she has called her surrogate dad to run away every day to get money to buy a bike for the competition. It is at this point that the relationship between Blanca and Alberto is taking shape and the two begin to see their duel differently and, with it, to reconcile, both with their past and with the social environment that surrounds them.
Blanca’s fragile and explosive temperament is the result of an unrespected duel, poorly directed courage and the terrible reaction her mother has sustained after her father’s death, which is why Alberto’s bad mood and sense ofness come so well for her, for the first time, to open herself up to talk about how much she hates her mother and how much her mother hates the bicycle , as his father died in an accident while riding in it. This revelation fits very well with Alberto’s grudge against his work as an actor, because it was on a heavy day’s work that he was unable to accompany his daughter on a journey and she died in a car accident.
As the friendship between Alberto and Blanca strengthens, Fernanda notices a very positive change in Blanca and decides to surprise her one day at school, so she realizes that Blanca has spent all those days being in the company of her new friend and preparing for the competition even without her permission. This situation explodes in a very predictable way and, finally, it is only through repentance and sensitivity that she manages to approach her daughter again and confront reality with her..
Living angry with loss is an easy way not to face the grieving process. It is a perpetual denial that does not allow life to return to a harmonious course, necessary for a joyful existence. That is the great message that Dad seeks transmits second by second through the erratic attitudes of his main characters, which manage to lead the viewer on an emotional path with many curves and slopes that finally culminates in the acceptance of the loss and the desire to continue a life accompanied and much happier.